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Lake Festival in Varenna

The Festa del Lago (the Lake Festival) in Varenna is one of the most popular and enjoyable summer events in this part of Italy. This is a festival that has been transformed over the years into a truly memorable event that’s made up of historical enactments, fireworks and tastings of typical local produce in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.

The festival takes place over the course of an entire weekend, a date in the diary that’s a highlight of the summer calendar and entrances both young and old with excitement as well as providing the opportunity to learn more about the local history and culture.

At the heart of the Festa del Lago in Varenna are the historical re-enactments of the fire which occurred on Comacina Island in 1169 and the subsequent landing of the islanders in Varenna.

Meticulous and detailed reconstructions are acted out and these are further enhanced by the excitement of firework displays in this fairy-tale setting with the mountains framing the performances and tableaux.

The landing tells the story of what happened on the night of San Giovanni in 1169 when the island of Comacina was laid to waste by Barbarossa and the Como militias and then set on fire, forcing the islanders to flee by boat towards Varenna.

The town welcomed the fugitives and from then on, was known “Insula Nova” (New Island). This was a dramatic event that is re-enacted every year with the accompaniment of local musicians and the chance to sample typical local dishes and gastronomic specialities.

The Hotel Villa Cipressi’s unique position makes it the perfect setting for visitors who are hoping to participate in Varenna’s Festival of the Lake.

The hotel is situated just a few metres away for the locations in which the historical re-enactments unfold and from the areas of the town where stalls are set up for everyone to enjoy samples of some typical local produce.

People on their own, couples, families or groups of friends will all really enjoy their stay in one of the hotel’s beautiful rooms or suites, all of which are equipped with air conditioning and central heating, a satellite TV., a safe, minibar, espresso machine and kettle, a telephone and a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower with bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

In the mornings, a delicious buffet breakfast is served in the elegant dining area with a wide selection of sweet and savoury dishes.

Come and join in the fun at the Festa del Lago in Varenna and book a room at the Villa Cipressi.


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